Victor Essen

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Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

The Missouri Bar Association
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Washington University School of Law, J.D.
   –  F. Hodge O’Neal Corporate Law Prize

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 
Philadelphia, PA

Business | Commercial
Construction Defect
Employer’s Liability
Employment Law
Estate Planning & Administration
General Liability
Governmental Liability
Insurance Coverage | Bad Faith
Insurance Defense
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Professional Liability
Retail | Restaurant Liability
Transportation | Trucking

Victor Essen joined the firm as an associate in 2005 and is currently a partner. Mr. Essen is a civil litigator in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Essen has tried cases to juries, judges, and administrative tribunals. He has argued appeals in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District and the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.

Mr. Essen has a varied practice, including: personal injury; property damage; automobile liability; premises liability; products liability; municipal issues; insurance coverage; bad faith and vexatious refusal claims; probate; construction; mechanics liens; commercial litigation; collections; inverse condemnation; subrogation; civil rights; pharmacy liability; and employment matters.

Mr. Essen was an inaugural member of the Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court.

Mr. Essen has spoken on topics involving personal injury litigation, bad faith claims, and qualified immunity.

Mr. Essen received his legal education at Washington University School of Law where he was a Scholar in Law and won the F. Hodge O’Neal Corporate Law Prize. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Dean’s Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Essen resides in St. Louis County with his wife and three children.

Reported cases:

State ex rel. Love v. Cunningham, 689 S.W.3d 489 (Mo. banc 2024).

A.R.R. v. Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc., et al., 649 S.W.3d 1 (Mo. Ct. App. 2022).

Gateway Hotel Holdings, Inc. v. Chapman-Sander, Inc., 474 S.W.3d 579 (Mo. Ct. App. 2013).

Terry Martin, et al. v. Keeley & Sons, Inc., et al., 979 N.E.2d 22 (Ill. 2012).

ABB, Inc. v. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., 390 S.W.2d 196 (Mo. Ct. App. 2012).

Drink Inc., LLC v. City of St. Charles, 292 S.W.3d 589 (Mo. Ct. App. 2009).